Sonora Review is run entirely by graduate students in the MFA program at the University of Arizona. Sonora Review accepts submissions in flash prose, fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. We only accept unpublished work. Typical response time is three to six months. Please submit only once every six months.

Sonora Review, in partnership with the UA Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, is seeking submissions for an upcoming special online issue and nonfiction contest on the theme of “EXTINCTION.” 

We are accepting submissions in the following genres and mediums: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including everything from public scholarship to creative nonfiction). We also welcome multimedia submissions, (e.g. photo essays, short documentary, etc.), and hybrid work of all kinds is especially encouraged.

Submission Guidelines: 

Prose and Poetry: Please follow our general submission guidelines. We encourage public scholarship by researchers and scholars whose work focuses on gender-based violence (i.e. nonfiction that translates expertise so that it can be understood by a wide range of readership, avoids discipline-specific jargon, etc.), with a preference for work written using literary technique.   

Multimedia: Photos may be submitted in .jpg, .gif, .tif, .png format, and videos under three minutes in length are preferred. All multimedia pieces must be accompanied by a supporting narrative. 

Reviews and Interviews: Please query to the editors before submitting. 


A prize of $1,000 and publication as a micro booklet inserted into Sonora Review's 77th edition will be awarded to a work of creative nonfiction. The theme of the contest is "Extinction," and will be judged by Lacy M. Johnson.

Extinction as concept and real possibility looms large. In the form of ice caps melting, white nationalist voices amplifying, mass shootings multiplying. Anne Marie Macari reflects on the exile of the feminine as “an extinction so widespread we hardly understand its consequences.” How might violence against women, from femicide to the exiling and erasing of the feminine/nonmasculine, be related to other processes or forms of extinction and irreversible harm? In what ways can this violence be understood as both effort to annihilate but also panicked attempt to prevent annihilation?

Please follow our general submission guidelines. For this contest we are accepting submissions of up to 6,000 words. Please visit our website (www.sonorareview.com) for a complete description of the contest.

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About the contest judge:

Lacy M. Johnson is a Houston-based professor, curator, activist, and is author of the essay collection, The Reckonings, as well as two memoirs, The Other Side and Trespasses. The Other Side, a haunting account of Johnson's experience of sexual and domestic violence at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, weaves together a richly personal narrative with police reports, psychological evaluations, and neurobiological investigations, provoking both troubling and timely questions about gender roles and the epidemic of violence against women. The Reckonings also draws from Johnson's personal experience of gender-based violence, as well as from philosophy, art, literature, mythology, anthropology, film, and other fields, to consider how our ideas about justice might be expanded beyond vengeance and retribution to include acts of compassion, patience, mercy, and grace. The Reckonings was named a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Criticism and one of the best books of 2018 by Boston Globe, Electric Literature, Autostraddle, Book Riot, and Refinery 29. The Other Side was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime, and the CLMP Firecracker Award in Nonfiction; it was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer Selection for 2014, and was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus, Library Journal, and the Houston Chronicle. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Guernica, Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, Sentence, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast and elsewhere. She teaches creative nonfiction at Rice University <http://www.rice.edu/> and is the Founding Director of the Houston Flood Museum <https://www.houstonfloodmuseum.org/>.

$1000 and publication in Issue 77 of Sonora Review will be awarded for our annual fiction contest, judged this year by Rebecca Makkai.

This year's contest theme is WONDER. For a sense of what we're looking for, please see our website.

Fiction should be typed, double-spaced, and include page numbers. We are unable to read prose submissions that exceed 5,000 words. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and email in the header, and a brief biography. We ask that you remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before uploading.

We welcome previously unpublished work from writers of all backgrounds and identities, particularly including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, members of religious minorities, people outside the United States, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded. We believe your stories are valid stories, and we want to consider your work! 

$1000 and publication in Issue 77 of Sonora Review will be awarded for our annual poetry contest, judged this year by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

The year's contest theme is WONDER. For a sense of what we're looking for, please see our website.

You may submit 3 to 8 pages of poetry. Your submission should be typed and submitted in one document, and titles of multiple poems should be separated by commas in the “Submission Title” field. You may abbreviate the titles if they do not fit. Please include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any other pertinent information about your submission. For judging purposes, we ask that you remove your name from your manuscript before uploading.

We welcome previously unpublished work from writers of all backgrounds and identities, particularly including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, members of religious minorities, people outside the United States, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded. We believe your stories are valid stories, and we want to consider your work! 

Fiction submissions should be typed, double-spaced, and include page numbers. We are unable to read prose submissions that exceed 5,000 words. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and email in the header, and a brief biography.

We welcome previously unpublished work from writers of all backgrounds and identities, particularly including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, members of religious minorities, people outside the United States, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded. We believe your stories are valid stories, and we want to consider your work!  

Fiction should be typed, double-spaced, and include page numbers. We are unable to read prose submissions that exceed 5,000 words. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and email in the header, and a brief biography.

We welcome previously unpublished work from writers of all backgrounds and identities, particularly including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, members of religious minorities, people outside the United States, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded. We believe your stories are valid stories, and we want to consider your work!  

Nonfiction should be typed, double-spaced, and include page numbers. We are unable to read prose submissions that exceed 5,000 words. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and email in the header, and a brief biography.

We welcome previously unpublished work from writers of all backgrounds and identities, particularly including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, members of religious minorities, people outside the United States, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded. We believe your stories are valid stories, and we want to consider your work!    

Up to 5 poems per submission should be typed and submitted in one document, with the titles separated by commas in the “Submission Title” field. You may abbreviate the titles if they do not fit. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and email in the header, and a brief biography.

We welcome previously unpublished work from writers of all backgrounds and identities, particularly including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, members of religious minorities, people outside the United States, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded. We believe your stories are valid stories, and we want to consider your work!  

Up to 5 poems per submission should be typed and submitted in one document, with the titles separated by commas in the “Submission Title” field. You may abbreviate the titles if they do not fit. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and email in the header, and a brief biography.

We welcome previously unpublished work from writers of all backgrounds and identities, particularly including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, members of religious minorities, people outside the United States, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded. We believe your stories are valid stories, and we want to consider your work!  

Up to 5 poems per submission should be typed and submitted in one document, with the titles separated by commas in the “Submission Title” field. You may abbreviate the titles if they do not fit. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and email in the header, and a brief biography.

We welcome previously unpublished work from writers of all backgrounds and identities, particularly including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, members of religious minorities, people outside the United States, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded. We believe your stories are valid stories, and we want to consider your work!  

Please submit work of 750 words or fewer. Due to their length and higher frequency of publication, these pieces will most often be published online, but may also be considered for publication in our print issues.

Sonora is excited about that which is, above all else, brave and inventive, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, poetically-slanted, or something in-between. We seek work that challenges convention - through form, through content, through voice. Show us the world as it is and it could be. Make us uncomfortable, thrilled. Make us understand something new.

Please submit work of 750 words or less. Due to their length and higher frequency of publication, these pieces will most often be published online, but may also be considered for publication in our print issues.

We welcome previously unpublished work from writers of all backgrounds and identities, particularly including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, members of religious minorities, people outside the United States, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded. We believe your stories are valid stories, and we want to consider your work!  

Please submit an interview with an author of up 4000 words. Accepted interviews will be published on our website (www.sonorareview.com), but may also be considered for subsequent publication in our annual print journal.

Alternately, you may email us a pitch for an interview at editors@sonorareview.com. In your pitch, please note previous contact with the author, and consider sending us previous interviews you have conducted.

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Please submit a review of up 3000 words. Accepted reviews will be published on our website (www.sonorareview.com), but may also be considered for subsequent publication in our annual print journal.

Alternately, you may email us a pitch for a review at editors@sonorareview.com. In your pitch, please note previous contact with the author, and consider sending us previous reviews you have conducted. 

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